BECKETT LEAGUE: Staxton beat defending champions Staithes

Scarborough Beckett League
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Chris Dove and Linden Gray hit form as Staxton gained a crucial win at defending Readers Beckett Scarborough Cricket League Premier Division champions Staithes.

Dove soared to a superb 64, while opener Jodie Robson chipped in with 35 as the visitors made their way to 172-9 from their 45 overs..

The top Staithes bowlers were paceman Tom Steyert with 5-53 and Simon Bowes with 2-22.

The champions lost early wickets and although Bowes capped a fine day with 35, the hosts never got chance to get going thanks to a stunning spell of 5-21 from off-spinner Linden Gray, with great support from Adam Hargreaves' 3-43 as Staithes buckled to 123 all out in 35.2 overs.

Filey went into top spot after two wins in as many home games over the weekend, with Josh Dawson on top form in both games.

Dawson took 4-12 on Sunday at home to previously unbeaten Cayton, the visitors being dismissed for 153 despite the efforts of Aussie Alex Townsend, 40, and Paul Pennock, 35.

All-rounder Dawson then capped an outstanding display with an unbeaten 101 as Filey eased to victory with seven wickets and 19.1 overs to spare, Ryan Baldry weighing in with 25.

Twenty-four hours earlier Filey secured a 47-run win against Scalby, also at Clarence Drive.

Dawson top-scored with 61 as the hosts posted 202 all out, Jamie Gregory also weighing in with 47 and Jonny Hunter 36, paceman Tynan Economou bagging 4-25.

Brad Walker, 48, and skipper Adam Waugh, 31, tried their best to keep Scalby in contention, but spinners Dave Brannan and Phil Dickens snapped up 5-21 and 3-55 to peg the visitors back to 155-9.

In-form Seamer eased to a 10-wicket win at home to Flixton 2nds.

Matt Dandy's 80 looked to have given Flixton a fine start as they made it to 113-3 after 28 overs, but Matty Morris, 4-58, and Paul Greenhough, 3-23, linked up well to cause the away side to slump to 137 all out.

Opener Anthony Jenkinson smashed an unbeaten 78, which was his fourth half-century of the season, and with Dave Graham also undefeated on 47, the home side wrapped up the win in just 23.4 overs.

Cayton's unbeaten start to the season remained intact after a thrilling win at Ebberston with just one ball and two wickets to spare.

Stalwart Adrian Turnbull struck a cracking 74 for the hosts, and along with Reece Milner's 44 this helped Ebberston to 185-6.

Aussie ace Alex Townsend then hit 27, but Eddy Swiers took 5-55 to keep Ebberston in contention, leaving Ryan Woodhead, 40, to steer Cayton to victory.

There was also a dramatic finish at Sand Lane as Heslerton earned only their second win of the season at basement club Mulgrave by three wickets.

The visitors were handed a fine start thanks to opener Andrew Spenceley's 54 and then Andrew Thompson's powerful unbeaten 59 looked set to drive the away side to a big total but he was let down his fellow batsmen as Adam Spaven, 3-33, and Dan Jeminson, 4-45, dismissed Mulgrave for 161 in the 42nd over.

Heslerton made a dreadful start to their reply as they lost their first wicket from the second ball, but Paul Bowes, 25, started to rebuild and fellow veteran Malc Spaven scored a vital 42, Sam Triffitt hitting and unbeaten 34 to guide Heslerton home, skipper Spaven hitting the winning boundary from the second ball of the final over.

Forge Valley claimed their first win of the season, seeing off visitors Nawton Grange with four wickets and and four overs to spare at Wilson's Lane.

Grange opener Joe Lush struck 66 as he took on the home bowlers, his fellow opener Tom Garbutt adding 27, but the away side dipped to 154-6 as Will Tindall, 2-21, brought Valley back into the contest.

James Greenlay's undefeated 28 helped Grange to 191 all out, Charles Tindall and Shaun Topham taking 2-17 each for the hosts.

The in-form Tom Brough blasted 88 and Nishadh Wijesinghe added 45 as the home side made it to victory with six wickets down, Michael Wearmouth the top Grange bowler with 2-44.

Grindale hammered Division One leaders Settrington in a low-scoring contest at Rudston.

Zwe Sodladla looked to have steered the pacesetters to the brink of victory as his 5-40 helped skittle Grindale for just 114 despite a battling 45 from Ian Cousins.

Matthew Midgley's unbeaten 25 was the only Settrington knock of note as they crumbled to 48 all out in the face of Cousins' 3-7.

Cloughton missed out on the chance to go top as they suffer a shock defeat at Staxton by 39 runs, Sean Pinder the star man for the hosts with an impressive 71.

The hosts posted 181-9, mainly thanks to Pinder's knock from 106 balls, Ryan Hargreaves adding 36, with seasoned campaigner Pete Milner and Tom Watson both bagging 3-34.

Richard Ward's 43 from 67 balls gave Cloughton hope, but Mark Dove, 4-49, and Nick Ringrose, 3-33, teamed up to dismiss the visitors for 142.

Wold Newton eased to an eight-wicket home win against Wykeham.

The away side were dismissed for 153, with Richard Creaser's unbeaten 54 the driving force behind their innings, Matthew Southwell taking 4-32.

Southwell also got Newton off to a fine start with 32, third-wicket pair Sam Moore, 41no, and Tim Lazenby, 40no, making sure of the win.

Brompton continued their resurgence with a 31-run success at basement club Cayton 2nds.

Tom Pateman's class showed in his 77 as Brompton batted first and made 183-8, Pete Webster weighing in with a useful 24.

in reply, Paul Pennock made 37 and skipper Simon Glave 27, but Mark Bruce's excellent spell of 6-30 saw Cayton dismissed for 152.

Struggling Thornton Dale pulled off a shock 18-run win at home to promotion-chasers Sherburn.

Matthew led the way for Dale with a fine 52, with valuable support from Matthew Clark, 40, and Tim Hunt, 34, spinner Jamie Thomson scooping 4-42 and Phil Pickard 3-31 as Dale posted 194-9.

Pickard capped a stunning all-round performance with 76 in his side's run-chase, but Dale's own all-round hero Hunt had other ideas as he secured 3-36, and with a fine bowling effort from Colin Lockwood, 4-46, Thornton dismissed Sherburn for 176.